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FL: Justices delve into ‘stand your ground’ change
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two years after lawmakers approved a controversial change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about whether the change should apply to a woman charged in a shooting incident outside a Miami-Dade County nightclub.

The defendant, Tashara Love, was charged in 2015, but her case remained pending when lawmakers changed the “stand your ground” law in 2017. The issue before the Supreme Court centers on whether the revised law should apply to Love’s case — and potentially other cases that began before 2017.
 

NH: Gun Control Advocate Criticizes NH Republicans Who Wore Pearls During Hearing
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But the president of the Women’s Defense League, a New Hampshire gun rights group that focuses on “training and educating women” on practical self-defense skills, disputed the accusation, saying the pearls were worn in support of their group.

“These men are supporting women and supporting women who support actual women’s rights. They are the farthest thing from sexist and there was a women lawmaker wearing them, too. That was conveniently left out,” Kimberly Morin, the president of the Women’s Defense League, told CNN Wednesday.
 

WA: A man sentenced to 50 years for a shooting at a Tacoma gas station has won his appeal
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“A first aggressor instruction informs the jury that if it determined Grott was the first aggressor, then his self-defense claim is unavailable and the jury does not have to consider whether the State has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense,” Judge Lisa Worswick wrote in an opinion signed by judges Lisa Sutton and Rich Melnick.

The opinion goes on to say: “To support a first aggressor instruction, the evidence would have to show that Grott made an intentional act before the shooting that a jury could reasonably assume would provoke a belligerent response. The evidence makes no such showing.”
 

AR: Stand Your Ground proposal falls in committee
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After two and a half hours of heated testimony, Sen. Bob Ballinger's bill to enact a so-called "stand your ground" law failed in the Senate Judiciary committee this evening.

Ballinger's bill would expand the circumstances under which a person could use deadly force in defense of self or others, even if there was an option to exit the situation without resorting to violence.

Four voted against the bill: Democrats Greg Leding, Stephanie Flowers, and Will Bond, along with Republican John Cooper.
 

OH: Oops! Ohio lawmakers, trying to expand gun rights, accidentally ban guns. Fix sent to governor
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Amid the bill's many revisions (language that would have allowed shooters to stand their ground was removed), a paragraph was misplaced. The result: some long guns were inadvertently lumped into a banned category.

So lawmakers introduced a corrective bill and voted to implement it immediately. That way, the fix will take effect before House Bill 228 does on March 28. (Most laws take effect 90 days after they are signed.)

“We had a drafting error where we included certain shotguns and rifles into a dangerous ordnance section. Those clearly do not belong there,” said Rep. Phil Plummer, R-Dayton.
 

Shannon Lee Goessling Suggested Guns Reduce Domestic Violence — But Experts Say Otherwise
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"You do not armed battered women," CarolAnn Peterson, a senior lecturer in the University of California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, and the founder and CEO of a group that educates corporations about the impact of domestic violence, tells Bustle.

"The reason for that," Peterson says, "is simply that unless battered women are out taking a gun course at the practice range every day, understanding how weapon works, it will get used against them."
 

WV: WVU will remain watchful for future iterations of campus carry
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The campus carry bill seems almost certainly dead, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be future battles.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee said Wednesday the administration at the state’s land-grant institution will remain prepared, even suggesting that WVU will take a different approach in the future.

“I think that we will probably go head-to-head (with the NRA) on this issue,” Gee said on on MetroNews “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval.
 

TX: Lone Star Medics Launches 'Operation Analeptic' Medical Training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There's a growing trend in the personal-defense community that's focused on the dissemination and incorporation of tactical medical skills and equipment into everyday-carry kits and self-defense training. The principle behind this movement is that armed citizens, who are already training for worst-case defensive scenarios, ought to have the medical skills necessary to treat themselves and others in what is a true worst-case scenario: getting shot in an attack. Texas-based Lone Star Medics is launching a new class called "Operation Analeptic," which seeks to incorporate tactical medical skills with defensive skills in a live-fire training course.
 

Big Horn Armory and Steinel Ammunition Announce March Promotion
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Big Horn Armory (BHA), makers of big-bore firearms, and Steinel Ammunition Co. are offering anyone who purchases the BHA AR500 rifle or pistol during the month of March their first box of Steinel .500 Auto Max 350 gr. JHP free.

Steinel Ammunition is known for their pursuit of perfection. During the entire production process, the Steinel team is constantly checking every step of the way, from primer seating depth to final test penetration through Type A Ordnance ballistic gelatin.
 

NY: NY Assembly passes gun safe storage bill
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On March 4, the New York State Assembly passed a new gun safety measure, which would require guns be stored in a locked container or be outfitted with a locking device if children under 16 live in the house, or are visiting the house.

A press release from Speaker Carl Heastie says, “Under current law, safe storage of guns is only required if a person living in the household is federally prohibited from owning a gun, but not if there are children in the house. This legislation would require that, in households with children and individuals prohibited from possessing a gun by federal or state law, all guns are safely stored when not in possession of the gun owner.”
 

AR: Senate Committee Votes Down New Self-Defense Bill
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After a heated and contentious debate, Arkansas' Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday against a bill which would have loosened regulations for the use of deadly force in self-defense.

The panel voted 4-3 against the legislation which would no longer require residents to retreat before defending themselves with deadly force, as the current law does.

As public testimony hit the two-hour mark, the committee voted to limit the remaining comments to ten minutes for each side, prompting Democrat Sen. Stephanie Flowers, the committee's vice chair, to chastise her fellow senators.
 

Italy: Italy steps up 'legitimate self-defense' measures
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The Chamber of Deputies, Italy's lower house, on Wednesday voted in favor of a draft law that would tighten self-defense provisions.

The bill specifies that "defense is always legitimate" in a person's home. It aims to protect a person who acts in self-defense in response to a perceived threat from an intruder.

Under current legislation, a person who harms an intruder, even in cases of self-defense, can be held responsible for damages.
 

CT: Gun Bill Day, Multiple Anti-Gun Bills to Be Heard
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On March 11th, 2019, the Connecticut state Joint Judiciary Committee will be hearing a number of bills affecting your Second Amendment rights, including bills to continue the never-ending push for more gun control in Connecticut. NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are invited to attend the public hearing and make their voices heard. Details may be found here.
 

NJ: Unrelenting Assault in the Garden State
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Gov. Phil Murphy might not be able to handle a snowstorm, but he sure knows how to attack law-abiding gun owners. This week, the New Jersey Governor delivered his budget address to a joint session of the Legislature, and his scheme to further attack the Second Amendment was unfurled in the form of increased “fees” for gun permits. It has been reported that Gov. Murphy’s budget proposes raising the FID card application from $5 to $100 and handgun purchase permits from $2 to $50 per application!
 

WV: Senators Charles Clements, Ryan Weld Explain Votes Against Campus Carry Bill
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The bill would have placed limits on concealed carry privileges where organized events were taking place, at day care facilities on campuses, in campus areas used by law enforcement and in some other campus spaces.

HB 2519 died in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a vote of 8-7 with Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, joining Democrats in opposition to the measure.

“The school administration are all against it, the teachers are against it, and the majority of students are against it,” Clements said. “It seems what we were looking for was a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.”
 

US States With Stricter Gun Controls Have Fewer Mass Shootings
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U.S. states with stricter gun controls have fewer mass shootings, according to a study. States with higher levels of gun ownership also see more mass shootings, the research published in the journal The BMJ showed.
 

HI: Gun Control Bills Pass Chamber of Origin & Resolution Introduced to Redefine or Repeal the Second Amendment
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This week, a resolution was introduced in the Hawaii state Senate calling on the U.S. Congress to change or repeal the Second Amendment. This resolution shows a gross disregard for individual liberties that the United States was founded upon.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 42, introduced by Senators Stanley Chang (D-9) and Karl Rhoads (D-13), would urge the U.S. Congress to adopt an amendment to eliminate the individual rights of citizens.
 

OK: New law worries some; others see it as extension of 2nd Amendment
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Progressive eyebrows were raised last week after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed his first piece of legislation - one that will allow most Oklahomans to carry concealed or unconcealed firearms without training or a permit.

"Oklahomans are strong supporters of the Second Amendment and they made their voice known as I traveled across all 77 counties last year," said Stitt, who signed the "constitutional carry" bill Feb. 27.
 

Gun Groups Question Congressional Motives Behind NRA Investigations
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Reports that the National Rifle Association is being engulfed in what one publication described as “a rapidly expanding tangle of congressional investigations” raise an important question that nobody has been asking: Is this a deliberate effort by anti-gun-rights Congressional Democrats to overwhelm the organization’s leadership and prevent NRA from fulfilling its mission to protect the Second Amendment?

That’s what the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are wondering as House Democrats are pressing their gun control agenda.
 

ID: Proposed 'Guns At Schools' Bill Is Dead Before Idaho House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would have allowed anyone with an enhanced concealed carry permit to carry guns at Idaho public schools is dead, at least for now.

House Bill 203 will not get a hearing in the Idaho House of Representatives State Affairs Committee, according to committee Chairman Rep. Steven Harris (R-Meridian).

“The bill will not be heard this year,” he wrote in an email. “This will allow more time for stakeholder involvement.”

However, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Chad Christensen (R-Ammon) said he’s still working on the bill, though he wouldn’t specify what he might be doing to revive it.
 

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